Science and Religion


All men, regardless of race, religion, or cultural background all at some point wonder and question where they come from and what the point of existence is. Some try through science to answer the question, others through philosophy, and still others through religion. No matter how they try to answer it, they all have the question. And it is their desire to have the question answered so that they can go onto something else.For scientists, they use the scientific method to answer problems, … [Read more...]

A Review of Thomas McConkie’s Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis

  A man, peering over the ledge of a precipice into nothingness; a woman, looking down in horror at the cracks blooming across her chest, only to see that they reveal a star-studded interior.These first two images of Thomas McConkie’s newly-released book, Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis: A Simple Developmental Map, juxtapose two conceptions of “faith crisis.” One is the binary clinging to safe ground or leaping into an abyss; the other, McConkie’s rendering, casts it as a tra … [Read more...]

The saving habit: 123 weeks and counting


See the crazy world going by in front of the LA Temple there? See the peace and safety the temple projects from atop its little hill out along Santa Monica Boulevard? Don't you want that peace and safety in your own mind and heart and life? This is me encouraging you to do whatcha gotta do to get yourself there as often as possible starting now.123 weeks ago last night, I attended the temple for the first time in more than two years. Coming off more than a year and a half of inactivity, I … [Read more...]

Book Launch: Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis


On Friday, October 2nd, Thomas McConkie's book Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis: A Simple Developmental Map will be launched. Read on to find out what it's all about, and check back for a book review coming soon. Amazon copies will available tomorrow at 7pm MT. For as long as there has been faith, there has been faith crisis. This generation of Latter-day Saints is no exception to the rule.Generally, faith crisis points to a kind of falling apart, a disintegration of one’s former w … [Read more...]

Stephen Colbert is right, believing in God is pretty crazy

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I had the pleasure of catching The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night. It was a great episode, and I think the show is getting better as he settles on a more familiar format and rhythm.But even from day one, the thing that’s distinguished Colbert’s late night party has been his interviews. He is just considerably better at interviewing people than Kimmel, Fallon or Conan. And last night was no different. In fact, Colbert said something in particular that I think would do us some good t … [Read more...]

Abortion as Seen in Young Adult Science Fiction


 Imagine a world where a civil war has been fought over abortion, and the compromise that ended the war was The Bill of Life, a document that essentially postpones abortion by making it illegal to tamper with life from the moment of conception up until age 13. In the teenage years, however, parents may choose to have a child “unwound” into parts used in organ transplants. Improbable as it sounds, this is the premise of Neal Shusterman’s Unwind series. If you can ignore how preposterous t … [Read more...]

Clearing the Air

Last week in this space, I wrote about what Latter-day Saints can learn from the Roman Catholic Mass. I did in an effort to 1) Show that we can learn from other faiths, which some Latter-day Saints vehemently disagree with 2) Talk about some of the shortcomings of our sacrament meetingsIn my writing I engaged in a bit of hyperbole;exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally. I said things like such as "I personally have never in my 6 years of church membership received … [Read more...]

It’s time to change the way we talk about faith

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I remember one particularly humid day in Cluj-Napoca, Romania where I stepped onto a sweltering, smelly bus. I had been serving as a missionary for about four months and I was in no way used to the idea that standing next to sweaty, unkempt old men in an unventilated space was better than risking “curent”—the devious cause behind everything from muscle pain to brain cancer: aka a draft...of air.No air-conditioning, no open windows, just body odor and heat headaches on that bus ride.It had … [Read more...]